Title: Last Request
Joan not only knows how to keep them, she hoards information. After all, blurting truths could prolong her life and that’s not something she’s willing to allow.
As a renowned journalist, exposing lies is Wesley’s job, but being honest extends to revealing his own agenda as well. He admits on the application he’s been asked to write a story kicking up any dirt he can on Madam Evangeline’s dating service.
Joan has a reputation to uphold. Labeled a promiscuous monster, authorities shouldn’t be surprised her offer to finally tell them where the skeletons are comes at a price. One date, one night, one final fling.
Wesley doesn’t need one date, one night, a simple fling. Women eyeball him all the time. He knows some hookup service can’t find him his heart’s desire, a sweetheart to cherish for a long and committed lifespan, but he won’t make it a slam-dunk for them by saying otherwise.
If secrets stay buried and desire is feared instead of embraced, electricity will flow and not in a good way.
Author: Arlene Webb
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Harey, Honey Moon
Published by Decadent Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: 24 April 2012
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
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In what could be a highly controversial move, Arlene Webb uses her 1Night Stand story to introduce us to a convicted multiple-murderer, Joan, looking for her one chance to know a man. Of course, Madam Eve, the particularly reclusive yet ever-helpful mistress of the agency grants this wish, and finds the one man that will unlock the secrets buried within Joan’s head.
Wesley is a journalist, and spent the entirety of Joan’s trial marveling at the composure, beauty and moral depravity of the teenager on trial. He had written to Madame Eve with a goal to exposing her operation and perhaps winning a Pulitzer in the bargain.
What neither expected was the attraction and connection, nor would Wesley sleep at all that night, working to get a stay of Joan’s execution as he unravels the trail of deceptions involved in her story. Far more a psychological story that a wholly sexual romp, Webb manages to create a character that is both vulnerable and empathetic in Joan, even as we are informed of the crimes she is scheduled to die for.
The 1Night Stand series of books are simply premised: no-holds barred sex for one night, with no requirement or expectation of relationship. While this is the premise, the stories often uncover hidden longings and deep emotional connection between the participants, and this book was no exception. Short and quick to read, this story that put a smile on my face as truth, and love won the day.
Arlene: Thank you, Vanessa, for helping Decadent Publishing celebrate a milestone. In March of 2011, Valerie Mann’s story, To Feel Again, about a dating service was released. The reaction was so positive a series centered on Madam Eve was born, and just a few years later To Feel Again has 199 companions.
Here’s the blurb that launched 200 published novellas:
When Leah loses her fiancé, Mark, in Afghanistan, it takes nearly a year to get to the point where she’s ready to live again. Although she doesn’t want an emotional commitment, a night of consensual sex, even with a stranger, might help bring her some closure after Mark’s death.
Enlisting the services of Madame Evangeline’s high-end, online dating service, One Night Stand, promises exactly what Leah is looking for—sex with a man she doesn’t have to see again, but one who will satisfy her physical needs now that she’s ready to move on with her life.
Jackson Castillo has no desire to go on a date with one of Evangeline’s clients. One Night Stand uses his hotel for its client’s rendezvous, but otherwise, he never gets involved. When Eve threatens to take her business elsewhere unless he helps her with a particular case, he’s no fool. He’ll go on the date. But he won’t sleep with the woman.
When one thing leads to another, his good intentions to stay out of the bedroom with Leah are shattered. The sex is phenomenal, but there’s more to Leah he wants to explore. After she leaves the next morning without a goodbye, he’s both disappointed and royally pissed. Will he let her go or find a way to convince her she’s ready…to feel again?
I’m so thrilled to be included in this fantastic series.
Dear Madame Evangeline,
As you can see by my attached application, I am an ideal candidate for your matching service. Unless you believe in ghosts (ha ha), it’ll be impossible for me to breach contract by attempting to find anyone who wishes to remain a stranger after a one-night stand.
This would surely be a risk-free set up for any potential date. Please consider leaving out details of my identity, as I fear opportunistic journalists/news reporters. With that in mind, I left the preferred height, weight, shape, race, personality, and so forth options blank. Clean with an XY chromosome is more than I deserve, and all this sinner would hope for.
If you’re wondering how one such as me could have the audacity to even contact you, well, what do I have to lose? I beg pardon for my crudeness, but seeing as electrocution is currently an acceptable form of execution in this sovereign state, I’ve fantasized for months about a bang the night prior to the roast.
I have the means to persuade the warden into allowing this rendezvous to happen. Authorities may agree just to avoid agitation between the anticipated media spectacle and me. There’s been much controversy concerning a woman in the electric chair for the first time in a decade, and the warden expects I’ll remain steadfast in my refusal to appeal or prolong the inevitable. With consideration of my right to exit this world sooner rather than later, I anticipate every home within a thousand mile radius will have their power off Saturday afternoon, two weeks from today.
I’ll be moved to the D ward shortly and unable to converse further with anyone but the chaplain and warden. Please consider this my last request.
Prison number 24609
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